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Booth offers a wide variety of opportunities and settings for Booth students to engage and develop their leadership skills.

The Davis Center will engage in experiments and new initiatives aimed at strengthening and expanding these opportunities even further. Through this work, the Davis Center will partner closely with the leadership development offices, MBA program offices, and faculty and staff around Booth to engage students in a robust and integrative way.

Examples of existing opportunities for Booth students are listed below:

LEAD and Leadership Development

All Booth MBA students participate in Leadership Exploration and Development (LEAD). This was one of the first experiential leadership programs to be offered at a major graduate school of business. The course was launched in 1989 under the guidance of Harry Davis, Roger L. and Rachel M. Goetz Distinguished Service Professor of Creative Management. The success of LEAD in the Full-Time MBA Program led to the creation of similar programming and curriculum for students in the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA Programs, as well as the Executive MBA Program.

LEAD allows students hands-on, practical experience aimed at building their leadership skills. The course is designed to enhance students’ self-awareness and interpersonal effectiveness by providing them with an opportunity to benchmark themselves with respect to critical aspects of leadership—working in teams, influencing others, conflict management, interpersonal communication, presentation skills, etc.

LEAD is continuously updated to adapt to the evolving challenges of leadership. One of the unique features of LEAD in the Full-Time MBA Program is adapted each year by students, and the content is delivered to incoming first-year students by selected second-year facilitators. Facilitators develop the influencing, presenting, facilitating, coaching, and mentoring skills essential to leadership and to their ability to run LEAD effectively.

LEAD is offered by the Leadership Development offices, which also offer additional workshops and electives throughout the academic year.

Full-Time MBA students

Evening MBA and Weekend MBA students

Student Leadership Activities

Booth students can practice and improve their leadership skills and gain valuable experience through a variety of extracurricular activities and student groups.

Full-Time MBA students

Evening MBA students

Weekend MBA students

Students can also put their learning into practice, get valuable hands-on experience, and benefit from actionable feedback through participation in a variety of competitions.

Full-Time MBA students

Evening MBA and Weekend MBA students